While the media continues to follow the confrontation between the federal government and “welfare cowboy” Cliven Bundy; the South Korean ferry tragedy; and Prince George’s first royal tour, more than 200 Nigerian schoolgirls are still missing.

Last week officials believe Boko Haram, an Islamic terrorist group, kidnapped the girls from their school in Chibok. After being stolen from their school, the girls were dragged into the forest where nearly 30 escaped. The rest haven’t been heard from since the attack, and the media’s silence about their plight is uncomfortably loud.

Nigerian-born, American-raised poet Bassey Ikpi, who recently moved back to Nigerian, took to Facebook to air her concerns:

Over 200 little black girls were kidnapped from their school and the silence of media outrage is deafening. Twenty years later, they are still trying to find who killed Jean Benet Ramsey. They wouldn’t rest until Natalie Hollaway’s killer was put to justice. Over 200 little black girls were kidnapped from their school and are being held as sex slaves for a terrorist organization. Why are we so damn quiet?

Ikpi’s thoughts were also echoed by the Guardian’s Anne Perkins:

The fate of the Nigerian girls, who had been recalled to class in order to sit a physics exam, when all the other schools in the area were closed by security fears, has not been entirely ignored by the world’s media. But it has been overwhelmed by the story of the sinking of the Sewol.

Exacerbating the tragedy and media’s silence is the fact that Nigerian officials have also been slow to react. On the same day the girls were abducted, Boko Haram detonated a bomb in Abuja, Nigeria’s capital, killing more than 70 and injuring many others. Soon after, President Goodluck Jonathan was on the scene, but the same swift response hasn’t happened for the girls.

It took eight days for the Borno state governor to visit Chibok, and yesterday, 10 days after the kidnapping, President Johnathan held a meeting with military officials to discuss how best to retrieve the girls.

The abducted girls’ family members have gotten so desperate to find their daughters that many have pooled their money together to purchase fuel for cars and motorcycles and have trekked into the forests attempting to find their missing children.

Fed up by the lack of effort in saving the girls, Twitter users from all over the globe are again using the hashtag #BringBackOurGirls to pressure the Nigerian government to act.

A petition has been created to raise awareness about the abducted girls. Read it here.

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  • ClassyGlobal

    Simpler answer They are “Black” Obama is not to blame here. He alone can not control the support of other nations. There is nothing he can do to include Executive order to make any movement on the issue. I take it a lot of people didn’t pay attention in Social Studies class nor took any political science courses. This would have to be a move SUPPORTED by CONGRESS. WITHOUT that no president to include OBAMA would be able to do anything about this issue. Yes he can raise awareness but as you all should know CONGRESS is not on his side 99% of the time. Stop giving him so much flack and pay attention in class. Do a little bit of research and see the responses he has made regarding the issue.

  • ClassyGlobal

    All in all as long as brown people stay disorderly, continue to live up to traditional/orthodox religions and ascribing to euroimposed standards, while continuing to devalue each others, and be reliant on these religions and social standards there will never be any internal control. Without an internal communal structure there never be a collective. So corruption, disease, starvation and death will continue. You can’t even drink water in African countries because your own neighbor pooped in it up stream. That has nothing to do with outside influence. Until order from within is collective there will continue to be self destruction. Value of community and self and not accepting others as your savior or source of value will change the course of Africa and its nations. How are you born to an African country but your native language is from a European country? Or your largest lake is named after a dead European queen.